UNCG Online’s Growth and Success

UNCG Online celebrates a successful year of growth, generating 140,000 student credit hours, which represents approximately 27% of the University’s total student credit hours in 2018-19.

Currently, 2,600 students are enrolled in online programs, and UNCG Online hosts 34 new courses, more than 650 online courses total, and two new online degree programs – a bachelor’s in integrated professional studies and a master’s program in gerontology, which collectively enrolled more than 200 students last year.

Online Education Graphic - Growing in Size and Scope
Online Education Graphic – Growing in Size and Scope

All seven of UNCG’s colleges and schools are partnered with UNCG Online and offer online courses.

“We are proud to collaborate with academic departments and programs across campus to bring outstanding online offerings to students,” said new dean of UNCG Online Dr. Karen Bull. “As the university focuses on new and rising populations, our goal is to offer flexible, affordable degree programs that work for these students. There are thousands of students in our state who simply cannot come to campus, so these programs make college attainable. The demand for online courses is growing among our current students as well.”

New online students include working professionals, rural students, military students, and students with disabilities. Each course must be fully accessible to a wide variety of learners, and UNCG Online and the University Teaching and Learning Center both offer trainings for faculty – UNCG Online through the Ready to Teach four-module training and UTLC through their eight-week training.

Some online courses provide opportunities that wouldn’t be possible in a face-to-face format – such as collaborating with students from another country on a business proposal through X-Culture. Math and science courses currently being piloted make use of adaptive learning. Even physical courses such as dance education have been successful as online courses.

While initially an online education may have consisted of only coursework, there are now a variety of student support services available to online students – such as access to the UNCG Speaking Center and Writing Center.

As part of the UNC System-wide Partway Home initiative, UNCG undergraduate programs are reaching out to students who did not complete degrees to make them aware of how finishing their degrees online may be an option.

UNCG online programs and courses are aligned with the professional needs of the region, which means greater enrollment, a greater completion rate, and a stronger workforce for North Carolina.

To learn more about UNCG Online programs, faculty and staff resources, and division services, visit https://online.uncg.edu/.

 

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications